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Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America
In addition to exposing racially biased policing, the Justice Department's Ferguson Report exposed to the world a system of fines and fees levied for minor crimes in Ferguson, Missouri, that, when they proved too expensive for Ferguson's largely poor...
The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives
In January 2017, Donald Trump signed an executive order stopping entry to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries and dramatically cutting the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States each year. The American peo...
Blues People: Negro Music in White America
"The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music - through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel, development, jazz...[If] the N...
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America
Jezebel's sexual lasciviousness, Mammy's devotion, and Sapphire's outspoken anger - these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life. Hurtful and dishonest, such representations force African Am...
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
This New York Times best-seller intimately depicts urban life in a gripping book that slips behind cold statistics and sensationalism to reveal the true sagas lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour.
In her extraordinary best seller, Adrian...
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Why did crime in New York drop so suddenly in the mid-90s? How does an unknown novelist end up a best-selling author? Why is teenage smoking out of control, when everyone knows smoking kills? What makes TV shows like
Sesame Street so good at teachin...
Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities
With Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide knowledge of environmental, cultural, and political his...
Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life
An ICU and palliative care specialist featured in the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary Extremis offers a framework for a better way to exit life that will change our medical culture at the deepest level
In medical school, no one teaches you how t...
The Cross and the Switchblade
The astonishing true story of Wilkerson's outreach to New York teens trapped by drugs and gangs. Gang-fighters! Drug addicts. Teenage runaways and prostitutes! The toughest and most hopeless kids that New York's ghettos had to offer. Then a young pre...
The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters
A transformative exploration of the power, purpose, and benefits of gatherings in our lives: at work, at school, at home, and beyond.
Every day, we find ourselves in gatherings, Priya Parker says in The Art of Gathering. If we can understand what ma...
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
From Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America.
In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of...
So You Want to Talk About Race
A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that listeners of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide
In So You Want to Talk About Race, editor-at-la...
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